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Mosaddek: We had the belief

  • Published at 07:41 pm May 18th, 2019
Bangladesh's Mosaddek Hossain raises his bat after reaching his half century during their tri-series final against the West Indies in Dublin Friday AFP

Mosaddek Hossain was one of the heroes as the right-hander played a brilliant 52-run innings off just 24 balls with two boundaries and five huge sixes

Match winner Mosaddek Hossain has informed that the team had the belief of winning the tri-nation ODI series final, even after being set a revised target of 210 in just 24 overs against the West Indies at Malahide Cricket Club Friday.

Bangladesh team made history as they won a multi-nation final for the very first time in international cricket.  

Mosaddek was one of the heroes as the right-hander played a brilliant 52-run innings off just 24 balls with two boundaries and five huge sixes.

“After we returned from fielding, Mashrafe [bin Mortaza] bhai and the rest said we have the batting ability, as we have shown in the tri-series, we would be able to chase down this target if we bat till the end. I had to play positive cricket in that situation, which wasn’t easy. I tried to play to the merit of the ball,” said Mosaddek after the match in Malahide Friday.

The Tigers lost five wickets while chasing, and when Mosaddek came out to bat, 67 runs were still required.

But Mosaddek said the team had the belief as they have enough depth in the lower middle-order.  

The 23-year old hammered 25 runs in the third last over of the match, and admitted that that was the turning point during their chase.

“Saifuddin, [Mehedi Hasan] Miraz and Mashrafe bhai were there after me. Mashrafe bhai can play the big shots. Our plan was to bat till the end. With 27 needed from the last three overs, we targeted that over. We want to keep ourselves ahead by using that over. I think everyone understood that we had done the job after that over. It was the turning point,” Mosaddek added.

The Tigers finally tasted success in a multi-nation final in the seventh attempt after six previous heartbreaks.

Mosaddek believes such a win will definitely give them more confidence in the World Cup in England and Wales.

“It is pleasing to win a final, especially against a good opponent. It is a big thing for us with the World Cup’s preparations in mind. I feel that our batting and bowling have been utilized well here, so we can do something in the World Cup,” he added.

Even after such a heroic performance, Mosaddek’s place in the playing XI is not yet confirmed as he played the final in place of the injured Shakib al Hasan. 

But the right-hander is happy with his role, and vowed to perform for the team whenever the opportunity arises.

“I think we will play in better wickets in England. I will try to play these knocks from down the order, which would be helpful to win games. I will try to play my own game, which will hopefully help the team,” he concluded.